NASCAR penalizes Joe Gibbs Racing teams for Michigan infraction

Dustin Long
NBC Sports

NASCAR fined the crew chiefs for the Joe Gibbs Racing teams of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones $25,000 each and suspended their car chiefs each one race.

Joe Gibbs Racing will not appeal the penalties.

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NASCAR penalized the teams for inspection issues with the splitter before last weekend’s Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. NASCAR stated the splitters did not meet rule specifications.

The $25,000 fines go to crew chiefs Mike Wheeler (Hamlin), Adam Stevens (Busch) and Chris Gayle (Jones). Car chiefs suspended for a race are Brandon Griffeth (Hamlin), Nate Bellows (Busch) and Jason Overstreet (Jones).

All three teams were forced to start at the rear for Sunday’s race because of the infraction.

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